What the Marc Savard Extension Means to the Boston Bruins' Future

Ryan PickardCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 12: Marc Savard #91 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his teams sixth goal against the New York Islanders on April 12, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins won the game 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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I guess I'm a little late to this one, as a couple of other writers have already penned articles about the Boston Bruins signing Marc Savard to a contract extension, so I decided to look at it in another way.

The Bruins announced yesterday that they have signed star center Marc Savard to a seven-year extension worth a total of about $28.05 million. It's set up so he will make more money toward the beginning of the contract and less as the years go on.

If Savard is still around at the end of his contract, he will be 39 years old, which is the obvious reason why he will be making much less, as he will have probably lost a step or two after seven more seasons.

Savard will make $7 million in each of the first two seasons, then $6.5 million in the third year, and $5 million in the fourth year. For the final three years, his salary will drop considerably, to $1.5 million and then to $525,000 for each of the final two years.

Looking at the future of the Bruins, this is a great signing. Savard could have most likely gone elsewhere in the offseason and gotten more money playing for another team, but he decided to stick around in Boston even though he got paid a little less.

Savard has been in Boston for the past four years and has been one of the Bruins' best players since he arrived. He has been at the top of the league in assists each year, averaging 67 per season.

He has also made the All-Star game the past two years and has changed his play dramatically. Considered a one-way player before he came to Boston, usually taking weak penalties in the offensive zone and not helping the defense much, Savard has completely changed his play in Boston and is now a formidable two-way player.

He's been a great mentor to the younger guys, too, helping them learn the way to play in the NHL.

This signing also signals a change in the Bruins organization. In past years they were known as a team that wasn't willing to sign the big-time players, most notably Bill Guerin. Now with this signing, hopefully it will attract other big-time free agents to think about signing in Boston.

Expect Savard to continue to be a great contributor to the Bruins for years to come, and hopefully he might just be able to help the B's bring back the Cup that has been eluding them for far too long.